I recently purchased the Harris Farms Nurture Right 360 incubator and have had very successful hatches with both duck and chicken eggs. Prior to the Nurture Right incubator, I had been using a styrofoam forced air incubator from Little Giant which I would not recommend. It had major humidity issues, hatch rates were not great and it was impossible to clean. So, when I decided I was going to invest in a new incubator I decided to do a lot more research and find one that was 1) highly reviewed and recommended and 2) could be cleaned throughly.
After a lot of time and research I landed on the Nurture Right 360 and have been impressed with it ever since. This incubator is made of plastic which makes soaking and scrubbing much easier. It disassembles easily so that all the nooks and crannies can be reached and as a bonus it has the 360 degree viewing glass which my kids find so cool.
After my first hatch I went online to find some direction in regards to cleaning a plastic incubator and wasn’t able to find much so after a few attempts at cleaning it myself I decided that I would just blog about how I do it and hopes it might help someone else out there looking for information on it like I was.
The above photos show just how nasty an incubator can be after a hatch. I think I hatched about 20 chicks and this was the state of the incubator after they were moved.
First, I remove the egg turner. The egg turner is removed a few days prior to hatch day so after the hatch I just stuck it back into the incubator so I would remember to clean it.
Second, remove the hatch tray and place both the egg turner and hatch tray in warm soapy water and let soak. I like to use Dawn Dish Soap. My shop sink is pretty small so I would rotate them periodically so that each side was able to soak.
After they soak for a bit, just scrub, rinse and dry.
Next, I turned the incubator bottom over and shook it out so that any remaining pieces of eggshells would be removed. After that, I used a small, stiff, dry, paintbrush to loosen any thing that might be in the corners or hard to reach spots. Then I pour bleach water into the water reservoir tray and let it soak for a bit. After soaking, you can use your paintbrush and a wet sponge to scrub and clean everything out. Don’t forget to rinse the tray with water after you get everything nice and clean. It is important when cleaning the bottom of the incubator that you do not get the cords wet. Use a paper towel to dry completely.
I also wipe down the inside of the top of the incubator with a a soapy, wet, paper towel, then a clean, wet, paper towel then a dry one.
Once everything is dry you can assemble your incubator again and it will be ready to go for your next hatch!
I hope this information was helpful! If you are in the market for an incubator I would highly recommend this one.